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In celebration of National Ag Week, the fourth graders at Altamont Lutheran School showcased their knowledge of Illinois agriculture with an evening of projects and demonstrations.   Pictured with their various agricultural projects, from left: Alyvia Wills, Avery Jahraus, Brandon Beccue, Matthew Becker.

Dan Roedl donates blood during the community blood drive held at St. Paul Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Altamont on Monday, March 9.

The Altamont 8th grade volleyball team won the National Trail Conference Tournament on Friday, March 6. Pictured, front row, from left: Jada Suckow, Alexis Price, Marlee Nolen, Tinley Mette, Katie Grimsley, Caitlyn White, Mackenzie Brewer, Courtney Rhodes; back row: Head Coach Bonnie Lester, Jayci Quast, Ally Hall, Amanda Solan, Courtney Asbell, Rebecca Kuhns, Taylor Paquette, Taylor McFarland, Kaylee Ribble, Asst. Coach Amber Mayhaus.

The Brownstown VFW Post 9770 held a supper on Saturday, March 14 in their new building at 520 Oak Street in Brownstown.

Guerrero signed a letter of intent on Friday, March to play for Morthland College. Pictured are, front row, from left: Pablo Guerrero, Elizabeth Guerrero, and Raquel Guerrero; back row, Morthland College Head Coach Tony Phelps, and St. Elmo Eagles High School Volleyball Coach Elise Asher.


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Altamont Board of Education heads back to board room Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 March 2015 11:03


The Altamont Community Unit School District 10 Board of Education met in their regular session on Monday, March 16. Given the business conducted in their all-day work weekend meeting only a week prior, the board faced an atypically short agenda.

Altamont Grade School Principal Doug Hill was given a new three-year contract.

High School Principal Jerry Tkachuk announced that he has informed Maria Kuhns that she is this year’s valedictorian. Serena Strullmyer and Jaden Zumbahlen are co-salutatorians.

District Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch stated that the district has received a formal petition from a nearby family to detach from the St. Elmo district and annex into Altamont. The Regional Board of School Trustees will discuss and take action on the matter in a meeting held Monday, April 6 in Vandalia.

Brownstown schools make employment decisions Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 March 2015 10:56


The Brownstown Board of Education met in their regular session on Monday, March 16. The school board made several hiring decisions including the employment of certified personnel Shannon Claycomb and NicoleMcCown for the 2015-16 school year. McCown is not yet tenured.

The following support personnel will also be employed next year:

--District Bookkeeper/ Secretary/Treasurer Jacy Schaub;

--Jr./Sr. High School Secretary Ashley Towler;

--Elementary Secretary Shelly Thomason;

--Full-time custodians Evelyn Wells, Jodi Winkler, and Steve Waltrip;

--Full-time cooks Karen Portz, Diana Smith, and Nikki Sidwell;

--Bus drivers David Portz, Sam Kistler, Richard Cade, Paul Parkison, and Deb Hunter;

--School Nurse Callie Laack;

--Library aide Verla Reed;

--Special education 1:1 aide Stacy Sidwell;

--Pre-K aide Kayla Hingson;

--1:1 health aide Stacey Summers;

--Part-time District Transportation Secretary Deb Hunter

Brownstown VFW Post 9770: Review of the past and looking to the future Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 March 2015 13:57


The Brownstown VFW Post 9770 held a supper on Saturday, March 14 in their new building at 520 Oak Street in Brownstown. The proceeds from the supper will go to their building fund.

The Post is encouraging the public to visit their new building, which they plan to share with the community for reunions, anniversary celebrations, etc.

Some old photographs show their first parade in Brownstown (on Division Street) and the Brownstown VFW Post 9770’s first Memorial Day service which was held on the front lawn of the Brownstown High School yard. The old businesses of Dycus Oil and McCoy’s Café are visible in the background of that photograph.

Some of the present members, and members of their families are identifiable in the old photos.

The following is a bit of a history of VFW Post 9770, which began in 1948 in the old Brownstown City Hall, located on the north side of the railroad tracks. The minutes track the moving oftheir efforts to find a suitable place for the meetings for 67 years.

Altamont School Board holds busy work weekend Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 March 2015 13:59


The Altamont Community Unit 10 Board of Education met during their work weekend on Saturday, March 7. The board adopted a resolution to authorize the issuance of general obligation school bonds and the execution of an associated escrow agreement for the bonds.

The board also renewed the contracts of several teachers, including: Sara Berg, Stacey Zerrusen, Eric Heiden, Tiffany Deuel, Kelsey Burrow, Courtnie Mullen, Katie Lurkins, John Niebrugge, Kelsey Leitschuh, Justin Harrison, Laurie Akeman, Emily Golden, Robin Elam, Carrie Schultz, and Jenna Murray.

The board also approvedthe following headcoaches: Gary Ellis, highschool boys track; Carol Hannah, high school girls track; and Megan Bur

As winter ends, maple syrup season begins Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 March 2015 10:22


While the St. Louis Cardinals and other baseball teams spend the month of March in preparation for the regular season, for Jean Alwardt and her comrades at Hilltop Maple Syrup and Honey Company in Altamont and Farina, the syrup season is now.

As maple trees require daytime temperatures above 35 degrees and sub-freezing\ nights to produce sap, this month the operation must collect and produce enough syrup to operate the business all year. Alwardt says that they are lucky to get six weeks of production with most seasons typically lasting around a month. They harvested approximately 6000 gallons of sap last year.

Alwardt says that she never thought her business would grow to the point that it is now. Started on a whim after her late husband’s friends suggested trying it in 2000, in 2003 she received a call from Newlin Martin, asking to sell her syrup in his grocery store.


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